Reflections From 2 CHRONICLES 16: “BEWARE HARDENING YOUR HEART BEFORE THE LORD__FOR THE PATH TO RETURN MAY BE SHUT TO YOU”


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          What struck me of king Asa’s life is that in his earlier years he trusted in the LORD to aid in his affairs (2 Chron.14:11) which he demonstrated through an amazing prayer for God’s help, but something along the way happened to him, such that he no longer had ears to hear the word of the LORD:

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you have relied on the king of Aram and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Aram has escaped out of your hand…10 Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him for this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.”  

  While Asa imprisoned the prophet because of the word of the LORD, the irony is by his own mouth he revealed the prison cell his soul was in.   Even to his old age, when his foot was diseased the text reads:

12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians

Once, Asa relied on the Deliver to rescue his people from their enemies, but now he looked to the arm of man which will fail him inevitably.  Even in sickness, instead of calling out to the great physician he settles for what only the creature could do for him.  We are all prone to wander LORD like king Asa, so keep our hearts from becoming proud and hardened.

(SDG)

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